People of German Studies


Peter Höyng

Department Chair

Professor, Department of German Studies
(404) 712-4614

Caroline Schaumann

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Associate Professor of German Studies

Marianne Lancaster

1st Year Coordinator
Senior Lecturer of German Studies

Peter Höyng

Honors Program Coordinator
Professor of German Studies

Terez Whatley White

Academic Department Admin

Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant

FFLTA PhotoDepartment/Program(s): German Studies, Austrian Fulbright Program
Office: 327 Modern Languages Building
Phone: (404) 727-6440

Office Hours: Wednesday 13:15-15:15 & by appointment. 

My name is Marlene Danner. I'm your Fulbright Teaching Assistant from Austria. One of my goals is to share a bit of my culture while hosting events in the German House and teaching German 101 & 102 (Elementary German), GER 192 (Beginning Conversation), and GER 392 (Advanced Conversation).

In Vienna I studied Comparative Literature and Teacher Education in the subjects Russian and German. Originally, I am from Upper Austria, there I live in a small town between the Alps and the river Danube. My academic and personal interests led me to Greece, Russia and now to the US and Emory University.

It is my pleasure to meet you, work with you and be part of your encounter with German language and Austrian and European culture.

Emeritus Faculty

Garland C. Richmond

Erdmann F. Waniek


Viola Westbrook

In Memoriam:

Maximilian A. E. Aue (1942-2012)

James McMahon 

Maximiliane A. E. Aue 


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear colleague and friend Maximilian Aue. Professor Aue, a longtime German studies professor who founded the acclaimed Emory in Vienna study abroad program forty years ago, died Aug. 6 from injuries sustained during a vehicular accident. Professor Aue, who was 69, joined Emory's Department of German Studies in 1968. He served as both an associate professor of German and director of graduate studies in the Department of Comparative Literature. During his 44-year career at Emory, Professor Aue taught thousands of German students at every level of proficiency and we will remember him as a kind, caring colleague and generous teacher.

Maximilian Aue joined the Emory German Department in 1968. He received his Ph.D. in German from Stanford University in 1973. He has been awarded two University Research Committee Grants and one ACLS Travel Grant. He recently completed his book entitled "An der Schwelle zur Utopie: Zur Neugestaltung des Venedigbilds in der deutschsprachigen Literatur des zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts" ("At Utopia's Threshold: The Reinvention of Venice in German Literature and Thought in the Twentieth Century"). In it he shows that, particularly during the various crises of the twentieth century, Venice was no longer portrayed as a place of romance, decay and death - as it had been throughout the 19th century and the fin de siècle - but rather as a utopian space in which critical cultural concerns could be addressed with a view toward proposing new solutions for them. Aue has published in a variety of journals such as Modern Language Notes, Modern Austrian Literature, Sprachkunst, Protokolle and Musil-Forum. He has also done a number of translations, primarily of German philosophical texts.

Aue's research interests were: Twentieth century and contemporary German literature with particular emphasis on Robert Musil; the literature of German Romanticism; the cultural productions of the Austrian fin de siècle.

Aue was an Associated Faculty member of the Department of Comparative Literature.

James McMahon

James McMahon, Professor of German at Emory for 36 years, died February 14, 2016 in Green Valley, Arizona. A native of Buffalo, New York, he held an undergraduate degree from St. Bonaventure University and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas in Austin. He taught many different classes at Emory, but his speciality was medieval languages, literature, and music. He authored many articles and one book, The Music of Early Minnesang.

Two Emory faculty remember his contributions to the department and university:

Marianne Lancaster: “Jim was a real gentleman and I enjoyed working with him from 1991 to 2000. He directed the first half of our summer study abroad in Vienna - even after his retirement - when asked to help out. On campus, he stood out as a tall, slender man in his sunhat. He enjoyed learning, was calm, patient and spoke in a soft voice. He loved music and medieval times, and his door was always open for people with questions.”

Viola Westbrook: “Jim warmly welcomed me into the Emory German Department in 1967 and until his generous words from afar some 40 years later at my retirement, he has been a genuine inspiration and friend to me. The marvelous richness of his knowledge – especially of course in the area of medieval scholarship - were a continuous gift to us all, colleagues and students alike. In difficult times he proved to be a very insightful and effective leader and peacemaker. His understanding and fairness always seemed to prevail in the end and accomplish the best results for all concerned. And yet, the characteristic that perhaps I cherished the most about Jim was his gentle humanity. It defined his being throughout his life.”

Jim is survived by his wife, Ann; his sons Christopher, Mark, and Stephen; his granddaughter, Sophia McMahon, and sisters, Ann McMahon and Joan Fridmann. He was 78 years old.